This Week in Live Music: Nov 17-23

Posted by Pete DeMola on 16. Nov 2009


A4 Destroyer, Tide of Theory and Sister Oriented will perform at this weekly platform for innovation and experimentation.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Philip Spencer: Acoustic singer/songwriter performs a blend of original and classic compositions.
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free

Lights and Sounds: UK modern rock quintet lands in China for a five-city tour. Local screamo act Tookoo will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


BLING'S CASH MONEY DANCE-OFF: All are invited to bust a very-public move at this amateur dance competition. The winner, determined by the crowd, wins 800 RMB cash. Buy one, get one cocktails.
Bling, 9pm, free

JACK RABBIT SLIMS: Xihai venue offers an unbeatable culinary combo (hamburger, fries and unlimited Tsingdao for 50 RMB) with nostalgic American tunes from the 1950s and 60s.
Club Obiwan, 7-10pm, 50 RMB

UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Tonight's amateur lineup includes Crime-X, Harsh, Dark Haze and Slope Village (坡上村).
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

NEW GENERATION ROCK SERIES: Cloud, The Lazy Camels, Old Fashion, Pork and King Statue are on deck.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

Michael Dallin Trio: Soulful rock and roll from the guitar-slinging expat singer/songwriter.
Salud, 8pm, free

Peng Tan: Organized by Huang Shaofeng, one-half of pop production duo Radio Mars, this performance by the local rock musician marks the third in this event series undertaken to benefit the New Hope Foundation. Tonight's proceeds go towards medical treatment to abandoned babies with surgically-correctable deformities.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 100/70 RMB (pre-sale)


INDIE POP NIGHT: Pop abounds, from Pacalolo's sophisticated synthpop, the maudlin sunshine pop of the Pink Chimneys to the appearance of La Loupe, a young American duo who sing earthy folk songs in Mandarin. "We're very excited to be playing for an audience who hopefully will be able to understand our lyrics," said guitarist/vocalist Maia Bernstein in an interview with the Oberlin Review earlier this fall. "We're looking forward to what Chinese people think about our music, since Chinese bands were a huge motivating factor and inspiration for the formation of La Loupe."
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Jess Meider: Acoustic singer/songwriter performs original compositions in both English and Mandarin.
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free

Panjir: Intense, soulful sextet fuses traditional Uyghur music with jazz sensibilities.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

FOLK NIGHT: Local singer/songwriters 安志华, 王胜楠 and 冯言 will perform.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

CHENGDU ROCK NIGHT: Check out what's happening down south at this Sichuan showcase. Performers include folk rock act 2 Guns, the Trouble (ska), Masiac (indie rock) and punk/ska act Mr. Chelonian.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


DH & the Chinese Hellcats: Reggae crew Skarving and rock dynamos 24 Hours to support the neo-swing act.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

EVIL BEFALL: In this showcase of Beijing's best (only?) black metal bands, Evilthorn, Wrath of Despot, Freezing Moon, Funeral, Raping Corpse to Sacrifice the Moon, Specter of Doom, Ghost Kid and Amduat will perform. Expect wicked fast tempos, shrieked vocals, lots of double kick drum work, corpse paint and if we're really lucky, a human sacrifice. Oh, and Hail Satan.
13 Club, 10pm, 50 RMB

Rahzel: Known as the "Godfather of Noyze," this Bronx-native is quite possibly the world's best practitioner of the form of vocal percussion known as beatboxing. See feature for more info.
Bling, 9pm, 100 RMB

FRESH: Friday nights at the floating LGBT hotspot feature retro disco, gay anthems and 80s camp on the upper deck and electro, house and techno down below. Buy one, get one drinks all night.
The Boat, 9pm, free (before 4am)

BEIJING AFTERHOURS: Quality electronic music and booze for those hellbent on watching the sun rise.
The Boat, 4am, 30 RMB/free (without/with flier)

GOA PRODUCTIONS: Psychedelic trance courtesy of the city's only Psytrance party crew.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

NOJIJI RECORDS NIGHT: Devastating instrumental post-rock outfit Maze, IDH and others to perform at this showcase for the independent record label.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

WE ALL LOVE CANVAS SHOES: Surprise, PB33, Caffe-In, Lucky Monkey and 今日立秋 pay happy pop punk homage to the quintessential hipster footwear.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale & students)

Au Revoir Simone: Brooklyn-based trio (pictured above) have a long list of admirers (including weirdo film director David Lynch and NME magazine) for their heartwarming and lush indie pop. Their third record, Still Night, Still Light, was released earlier this year to critical acclaim.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, 500/150/100 RMB (VIP/door/pre-sale)


GREAT BEER, BAD CITY: Berlin-based DJ Doshy touches down in Beijing; local electro producers Sulumi, LIman, iLoop and Metwang will support.
2 Kolegas, 9pm, 50/30 RMB (includes free CD)

BATTLE OF THE DJS: DJs ND and J-Cue face off to see who has the nimblest fingers.
Bling, 9pm, 50 RMB

Peter Kruder: Austrian electronic musician (of remix duo Kruger & Dorfmeister fame) flies solo for this Beijing gig.
Block 8, 10pm

WILDCATS: Chicks (or those dressed in drag) get free drinks from 9-11pm; buy one, get one free all night.
The Boat, 9pm, free

BEATS ROYALE: DJ Markie Royale and guests take you back to a time when the hip hop genre wasn't a blinged-out showcase of willfully-ignorant ghetto trash pushing misogyny disguised as an art form. Expect old school, breaks and the latest in pure hip hop.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

Candy Monster: Spartan post-punk, wild rock and roll and old school punk courtesy of IDH, Rustic and You Mei You, respectively. Headliners proffer an annoying blend of New Wave, rockabilly and punk.
D-22, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Afrokoko Roots: This 15-piece fusion band performs a blend of Afrobeat originals and reggae classics. The rainbow coalition (members hail from the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Burundi, the States and China) contains a four-piece horn section and a dance team as well.
Ginkgo, 10:30pm, 20 RMB (free before 10pm)

Gia Wang: Release party for the former Hang on the Box and Girl Kill Girl leader's debut solo LP The Brilliant Gia (Modern Sky). Touching upon elements of bossa nova, minimal tech and trip hop, the effort is an attempt to tackle many genres that the innovative scene fixture feels have been overlooked by domestic talent. Support comes from indie pop singer/songwriter Ding Ke. See feature for more info.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (students)

Owl City: American synthpop artist Adam Young doesn't attempt to deviate nor add anything new to the warm, digitized beat template that Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello (The Postal Service, DNTEL) perfected and introduced to the mainstream in the early-2000s, but we'll cut him some slack because the 23-year-old looks so cute and innocent. The self-confessed insomniac boasts millions of plays on both his MySpace and YouTube pages and has (or rather, his record label) actually translated this online popularity into a reliable money machine selling the aural equivalent of rainbows and puppies to impressionable young audiences. As his latest single "Fireflies" flutters at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 List (it astonishingly held the top slot on the week of Nov 7 and is doing so again this week), he and his four-piece band arrive in China for a four-date tour in support of his sophomore effort Ocean Eyes, released this past summer on Universal Republic Records and rapidly-approaching gold status. Local trip hop act Silkfloss (who sound exactly like Portishead) will support.
Yugong Yishan, 7pm, 160/120 RMB (pre-sale)


Joker: Rock and roll from a Japanese quintet.
13 Club, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

FOLK NIGHT: Zhao Guang set to wind down the weekend.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

DON'T CALL US FOREIGNERS: Local punk trio You Mei You, Nakoma (progressive rock) and Frank Segen to perform at this event series designed to showcase expats in bands.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale & students)

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